What I’m Reading

When I saw a link titled Reading Pipeline on Melting Asphalt blog, I said to myself that I should do it on my blog to keep a list of books at various stages of my reading pipeline, too. I also try to keep my Goodreads profile updated but this seemed like a neat and more personal way to do it.

So here it is.

Last updated: February 26, 2018.

Me reading a book back in 2010.

Currently Reading


in 2018

in 2017

  • Eliyahu M. Goldratt & Jeff Cox, The Goal (Audiobook). I started listening to this book in the audio format as we’ve been trying to identify problems and think on solutions within our product management (PM) team at Picus Security. The audiobook was just great. Every character was narrated by a different person, and with background music & sounds, it was like a radio drama.
  • Patrick LencioniThe Five Dysfunctions of a Team (Audiobook). As with The Goal, we as PM team at Picus Security started listening to this audiobook to better understand and overcome growing pains of an ambitious startup.
  • Yuval Noah Harari,  Sapiens
  • Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends & Influence People (Audiobook)It took a long time for me to finish this book. First I started with reading in ebook format, abandoned it for a while, then bought the audiobook on Audible, started it over, so finally managed to finish it. I wanted to finish this book so hard because it was really popular after all those years. It appeared to me that the assumptions and observations about the behavior of people mostly rely on modern western civilizations, mainly the United States. So I thought some of the advice given in the book were not really applicable for people in Turkey.
  • Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince.
  • William Martin, The Parent’s Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for Modern Parents. Funny story: When I bought the Turkish version of this book, I didn’t know it was a religious one, because the book’s cover does not mention Tao Te Ching at all. I think it’s mainly because of the Muslim majority in the country.
  • Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha. This book really got me with its purity on telling the story of a person’s spiritual journey. Thanks Dilşat for giving this book to me, it calmed my soul on my sleepless nights. It was also meaningful for me to hear this book mentioned on Tim Ferris’ podcast episode with Naval Ravikant, whose worldview and approach to business & life, in general, resonates with me.
  • Matt Ridley, The Rational Optimist.
  • Isaac Asimov, I, Robot.
  • Isaac Asimov, Prelude to Foundation.

Left Reading Without Finishing

in 2018

  • Hermann Hesse, Gençlik Güzel Şey. I’ve read some of the stories in this story collection book, but I’ve got a little bored with all the monologues and dialogues in the book.